Geely’s Zeekr (+ Mobileye) Challenges Tesla

Part of an assembly line at a Geely plant in Ningbo, Zhejiang, China. (Siyuwj)

The Chinese automaker Geely has begun mounting its challenge to Tesla with its own electric car Zeekr, Globes reported on Sunday.

Zeekr is already raising a profile on Israeli roadways with local number plates undergoing trials using Mobileye’s advanced driver-assistance system.

The Chinese product has twin-engines totaling 536 ccs and a 100 kilowatt hour battery, giving it a range of 712 kilometers in its regular model and 606 kilometers for its New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) emissions model. The car can accelerate from 0 to 100 kilometers per hour in 3.8 seconds.

The Geely Zeekr basic model sells in China for $42,000 and up to $53,000 for the high performance model. The Zeekr is similar in size to the Tesla S – five meters long with a three-meter wheelbase.

The Zeekr can be fast charged at 360 kilowatt stations, which can add 120 kilometer range in just five minutes.

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